News and Commentary
In an article from the Regulatory Review, Alana Sheppard summarizes a recent report from the Brookings Institution arguing that housing affordability problems have resulted from zoning restrictions.
In a post on Liberty Street Economics, the New York Fed’s blog, Andrew Haughwout, Donghoon Lee, Joelle Scally, and Wilbert van der Klaauw examine disparities in homeownership rates by race and ethnicity. The potential explanations they provide for these disparities include tightened underwritings standards, labor market experiences, and student loan debt.
In an opinion piece for Greater Greater Washington, Payton Chung uses new data from the US Census Bureau to examine demographics and density in the greater Washington region. DC’s most dense area remains Logan’s Circle. However, Ballston, Virginia is now most dense area in the greater region.
In an article from Nature, Francesco Pomponi, Ruth Saint, Jay H. Arehart, Niaz Gharavi, and Bernardino D’Amico examine the relationship between density and height in greenhouse gas emissions in cities. Their method “decouples density and tallness in urban environments and allows each to be analysed individually.” Their results “contend the claim that building taller is the most efficient way to meet growing demand for urban space and instead show that denser urban environments do not significantly increase life cycle GHG emissions and require less land.”